Friday, September 12, 2008

McCain Issues a Challange: Let's Meet It

Sen. McCain got pwned on ABC’s The View today not only did the women (save for Elizabeth Hassleback who tried to take the bullet many times and failed) ravage him on the choice of Palin as his running mate, but also on the lie his campaign keep saying that she never requested earmarks as governor.

But the best part was the fact that they forced him to essentially issue a challenge… so Sen. McCain has thrown down the gauntlet… and he better be prepared for the onslaught that’s coming.

While appearing on the show today, McCain tried to defend his ‘maverick’ image and failed… epically.

Joy Behar: “… you used to be more of the Maverick, then you sort of turned.”
McCain: “In what way?”
Behar: “You became much more lockstep, I think, with your party, with George Bush’s policies. […] I don’t see the old John McCain. … I understand why — you want to get elected.”
McCain: “I’ve been through this litany before, where I say, “ok, what specific area have I quote changed?” Nobody can name it. … I am the same person and I have the same principles.”

Ooooo, a dare…

McCain argued that on issues (spending, climate change, the war in Iraq, torturing of prisoners) he’s the “same guy” he always has been.


He dared people to give examples of how he’s flip-flopped on any issue, and you know the progressive blogosphere will have a field day with this… in fact it’s already started on Think Progress and The Carpetbagger Report.

Rather than point all of them out (I don’t have that kind of time), I chose my Top Ten John McCain Flip Flops… enjoy.

10. John Hagee, Rod Parsley. Jerry Falwell. All three are ‘controversial’ (read: idiotic) religious leaders who have either said outrageous and inane things or done outrageous and inane things. First he didn’t want their endorsement… then he did… then he didn’t again, but still kept the endorsement. Confused? Imagine how McCain feels…

09. Lobbyists. Back in May of this year McCain approved a ban on lobbyists working for his campaign… months later in July his campaign changed their mind and said lobbyists could work for his campaign.

08. Roe v Wade. First he said he would NOT repealing it, now he says the exact opposite.

07. Immigration. McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill. (Voting against your own bill is damn near the definition of flip-flopping. You can also see is own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997 that he crafted yet now opposes as another example of voting against a bill he created)

06. Taxes. McCain was against Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them and vowing to keep them in place.

05. Social Security. First he defended the “privatizing” of Social Security and now he says he’s against privatization when in reality he still supports it. Also, at first he said he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes… not soon after he said “nothing off the table” regarding an increase in the payroll tax.

04. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill to the point he offered his own version that was panned by every veteran’s group dating back to the Peloponnesian war… how he’s for it AND taking credit for it.

03. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas, he now believes the opposite. He also believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria, he now believes the opposite. He also supported normalization of relations with Cuba… he now believes the opposite. (Do you sense a trend here?)

02. Torture. How in God’s name a former POW who was tortured over a course of five years can support waterboarding is anyone’s guess. But this past February McCain did just that and reversed course on the banning of waterboarding.

And the number one McCain flip-flop can be summed up in one word: Iraq.

McCain recently claimed that he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy, however in December 2003, McCain praised the strategy as “a mission accomplished.” Later, in March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.” (Yeah, how’d that work out for us Johnny boy?)

Furthermore on Iraq, McCain said before the war in Iraq; “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

As if that wasn’t enough, McCain has also changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq many, many many times… coming to the different conclusion that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea. 20.

McCain staunchly opposed Obama’s Iraq withdrawal timetable, and even blasted Mitt Romney for having referenced the word during the GOP primaries. In July, after Iraqi officials endorsed Obama’s policy, McCain said a 16-month calendar sounds like “a pretty good timetable.”

These aren’t even counting the facts that he opposed a holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it… or that he endorsed intelligent design creationism in 2005 before saying the opposite a year later and then months after that saying that he was for and against creationism… or the fact he opposed a variety of measures on equal pay for women but then, this past July, said that he’s “committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work. That, is my record and you can count on it” (not on my life would I count on ANYTHING this man says… or how he changed course on Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumventing the law or the fact he was all for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay… now not so much.

Remember, these are only my Top Ten flip-flops. If you want more, click HERE or HERE or HERE.

Let’s take-up this challenge and show McCain, and the American people, just how much he DOES flip-flop.

And how sad is it that a show that is defined more as entertainment than news is the only one to do the work of a journalist? Looks as though Ms. Walters has a little journalistic integrity left in her after all… good job everyone.

Except you Elizabeth…


C! from Seattle said...

LOL! I love it.. great blog post, Kemp! I will now be an avid reader of The "Bush"-Whacked Administration blog from now on.. thank you for sharing.. :)


Howard said...

Palin detractors are complaining that she ok'ed the bridge, before she was against it, however what they don't tell you is that both Obama and Biden voted for it in the congress ... and, the congress are the ones who actually determine where our money is spent.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter. Obama is winning in electoral votes which is all that matters. Why it is not spoken about much on television is anybody's guess. Having McCain/Palin in the White House would be like what happened with the outhouses in the South. Feces over feces.

Kemp said...

Actually, they're complaining because she's lying about the bridge... not because she supported it.

Biden and Obama did vote for it, but they're also not going around saying they didn't.

Try getting your facts straight before bloviating nonsense.

Kemp said...

Thanks c! Love hearing from newbies and we're glad you are enjoying our posts. We hope you come back often.

Anonymous said...

Palin and MCcain are both a couple of liars!
Obama and Biden are not lying about voting for something, you either did or you didn't.
Lets hear what MCcain and Palin are going to do if they get in office!
They never said anything at the convention it was just a republican hodown!
No third term for them!
Vote democratic.

Anonymous said...

This is an EXCELLENT, comprehensive post! Thanks for doing the work to put together something so informative. Both McCain and Palin are flip-floppers of the worst kind. If they get elected (or selected by the machine like W did), then I will probably go into a deep depression and seriously consider that overseas job that I've been looking at for a while.

Anonymous said...

You did miss a few things. Mccain said that " He doesnt run with the washington herd" That is not a flip flop. That is a "Straight" out "talk" lie. (He is saying thais at every rally, and the convention)
He has ran with Washington for 26 of the last 30 years of his office.

he also said " He wants to make sure that billions of dollars stop going to countries that do not like us very well" Reality check John, You have been on of the main supporters of all that money going towards the Iraq false war for 6 years, and supporting the billions that have been spent there. Also you said that "I will keep us in the war as long as it takes, even if it takes 100 years" Yeah buddy and 10 billion a month , most of which goes to a country that really doesnt like us to well. Not to mention Bush saying " We will pay for the war from the oil from Iraq" Yeah alot of people seem to foreget bush saying that. Yeah the oil sure paid for what? NONE 0 ZIPPO of it. We the hard working taxpayers working 2-3 jobs at a time are paying for it. We are the ones suffering not Iraq. We are the ones losing our homes, jobs (to outsourcing) and our American dream , not being able to save, High gas prices ( I feel has alot to do with bush and him selling oil somewhere), minimal healthcare, for alot no healthcare. No being able to send our children to college or help them pay for it. Not being to pay everday bills or own a decent car. Yeah I guess if you overlook that lil part of life, America is great Bush/Mccain. Take time to look at the facts people , this time there is no room for mistakes, seeing what the last 8 years has cost us, by looking at the facts i just wrote, can you imagine what 4- 8 more would take from us. Oh I almost foregot. Bush took away our Constitution, Our privacy rights, and started using machines that track our every movement such as id cards, and many other things. Yeah Mccain has never opposed any of that. So p[ease be careful of who you chose this time, because it really is a life liberty and death to our country sistuation we face, if we chose wrong.

Anonymous said...

great post! now can you please please please send this over to the obama campaign so they can have some great examples of flip flopping? and while you're at it, I know obama's a smart, intelligent, thoughtful person. but those long windy way of talking will not get through to some people. short and direct sentences work better. I've just recently been reading comments online, and I am flabbergasted by palin lovers. they're not the brightest crayons in the box, so the long, wordy way obama speaks....they don't understand. you can't get through to them that way. can you help them out please?

Anonymous said...

It is the same thing they did to Hillary.
Think about it.
Who do you think is behind it?
Do not give them the reins again!
I will be voting for change.

Anonymous said...

Too mad the MSM is for the GOP in this election. The public doesn't hear that McCain constantly changes his mind about the issues. The one part he hasn't flip flopped on is He is bringing change to the White House - change of occupancy. Have you kept up on the troopergate scandal in Alaska? Palin is trying her best to get it killed. Gee I wonder why. She needs to go to jail.

Anonymous said...

I missed the View that day, but saw some of the segments. I bet that McCain thought he was going to have an easy visit with them where he could spread more lies and promoote Palin with the Ladies.

Very proud to see they kicked his butt, and even Cindy's.

They need to bring Palin on the show!

Great Blog, nice joob on the flip flop information! Thanks

Anonymous said...

As an American living in Canada what I don't understand is why the American people do not demand a repayment of the earmarks sent to Alaska. These earmarks total about $500.00 per person and the Alaskan government just paid each person $1200 in revenue from the over priced oil revenues they collect. No wounder Alaskans love their flip flopping lying Governor so much.

Anonymous said...

I hope she does go to jail!
She has a lot of nerve!
The press tries to protect her, they say because she is a woman, Where were they when Hillary was running?
The difference is Hillary is tough and she can handle it, Palin will crumble when the truth comes out about the librarian etc!
This wack job and her crazy views need to go!
This whole lipstick thing, is a perfect example, that the republicans are desperate and will try anything to grab the spot light.
How about telling us what you will do if you get elected?
Do not trust them!
Vote Obama/Biden.

BeenThereDoneThat said...

I was shocked to learn that Sarah Palin was, and still is, a proud member of "The Assemblies of God" churches.
The fact that John McCain would have considered someone, ANYONE, with that sort of belief system is scary to say the least.

I was, from the time I was an infant until I was in my mid-teens, a member of the same organization of churches.
My now deceased Grandfather was the Superintendant of all the Canadian Assemblies of God churches when I was a child,
to this day many in my family are still fervently involved in the Assemblies of God, I have an Uncle who has been pastoring a church in California for decades... The point I'm trying to make is this: I have had firsthand experience with this brand of Christianity all of my life. I know what they believe in, what they preach, etc; etc; and the idea of having such a person a "heartbeat away" from being the President of the United States is just unimaginable.

These people should NOT be holding ANY high office in our government firstly because they are completely incapable of making any decisions without their religous beliefs (secretly) being their foremost guide, no matter what they may say to the contrary;
And secondly, there is (secretly) no such thing as a "separation of church and state" with these people, ..AGAIN, no matter what they may say to the contrary.

I suggest voters learn all they can about the "Assemblies of God Church" and not just a cursory overview such as the one John McCain obviously got, but as in depth as possible given the short amount of time we have left until election day.

In closing I want to get off my chest what scares me the most about these people being elected to a high office of government and that's this: Nothing, and I do mean NOTHING, would give them more joy than to see the "End Times", "Armageddon", ..the utter destruction of this world, unfold before their eyes. Their vision of our (those who do not "believe") future is NOT a future any of us would ever wish to see; For in their vision of our future we are all damned and destined to suffer unspeakable horrors before being thrown for eternity into a lake of fire. Nice huh?

Anonymous said...

I find it deeply offensive that John mcCain has insulted the American publics' intelligence by picking a running mate who is so obviously not qualified.

I believe that the democratic party can best defeat McCain by staying on target with their policy platform. They have to get every influential democrat working 24/7 until the public understand that McCain/Palin are a threat to American and world safety. We need clear thinking honest leaders.

Congratulations for listing some of the flip flops.

Howard said...

Obama accuses McCain/Palin of attacking his record … what record? Obama is an empty suit who hasn’t done anything. That’s why instead of running on his record, he has to run a campaign based upon attacking McCain/Palin. Obama’s tactic has always been ‘the best defense is a good offense’. For example, Obama will make the pig/lipstick smear, just days after Palin scores points with the ‘pitbull/lipstick statement … then he disingenuously acts as if there’s no connection. He did it again with Palin’s community organizer is similar to a mayor, but with out the responsibility … which everyone knows was Palin’s response to Obama demeaning her experience as a small town mayor. There’s nothing wrong with being a community organizer, but being a community organizer is certainly not credentials for becoming President of the United States! Obama has done this, as well as playing the race card numerous times. The changes Obama wants would dramatically weaken this country, in terms of our economy and our national defense.